transaminase

noun

trans·​am·​i·​nase tran(t)s-ˈa-mə-ˌnās How to pronounce transaminase (audio)
tranz-,
-ˌnāz
: an enzyme promoting transamination

called also aminotransferase

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But diagnosis of hepatitis often comes only when blood tests reveal elevated levels of liver enzymes, such as aspartate transaminase or alanine aminotransaminase being greater than 500 IU/L. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 This dog’s alanine transaminase level spiked to 8,777. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, 14 Mar. 2018 This dog’s alanine transaminase level spiked to 8,777. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, 14 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transaminase was in 1940

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“Transaminase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transaminase. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

transaminase

noun
trans·​am·​i·​nase tran(t)s-ˈam-ə-ˌnās, tranz-, -ˌnāz How to pronounce transaminase (audio)
: an enzyme-promoting transamination

called also aminotransferase

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